Finding and Applying to Art Opportunities + Free Download

One of the best ways to get your name out there and your art on the walls is to start applying to calls for work. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities out their. The hard part comes with trying to sort through them to find ones that you're actually interested in and are qualified for. And even when you find something that you want to apply to, it's even more difficult to remember to submit your application before the deadline!   I can't tell you how many times I've missed an opportunity by mere days — hours even — because I lost...

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The Job-Seeking Artist’s Resume Reference List


At some point in time, even the best artists have to go out and find a day job to supplement income from their creative practice.Then there are artist like me who like to have a steady income so they don’t have to worry about art sales.
Whatever the reason may be, entering the job market is no easy task, especially when you have an unorthodox background of creative experiences. To make things more difficult, jobs in the arts industry are usually pretty competitive and hard to come by, so we often have to look outside our field to gain employment.
This can make it really challenging to write an appealing resume, which is why artists often under-sell themselves and end up in jobs they’re unhappy with. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way if you know how to translate your creative skills into language that employers are looking for.

Learn how to document your 2D and 3D artwork with just an iPhone or smartphone!

Video Tutorial: Documenting your Artwork with an iPhone

In an ideal world, we’d all have fancy DSLR cameras, powerful lighting equipment, and the skills to document our own artwork. But the truth is… that stuff is expensive. Honestly, unless you’re planning on reproducing your work as prints, you probably have all the tools you need in your own home.


You just need to know how to use it correctly.


So for those of you who’d rather spend money on art supplies than photo equipment, look no further!


3 Reasons Why You Should Plan Your Creative Projects

Truth be told, I plan obsessively.


In college, I started planning my honors thesis two years before I was required to begin. Right now, I have a list of 75 blogs and videos I plan to produce for aftrART. And I’ve had my 2017 budget planned out since October.
Planning is a big part of my life. It gives me peace of mind knowing that I have something to reference when things get a little crazy.

Don’t get me wrong…

There’s plenty of value giving yourself some time to explore your creativity without restriction. But as soon as you set a goal for yourself, your next logical step should be to come up with a plan of attack.

Your art can't speak for itself

What is an Artist Statement?

Quite simply, an artist statement is a piece of writing that accompanies a series, project, or body of work. Typically written by the artist, it is one of the best ways to help your audience relate to your art.


The wonderful thing about art is that it can be abstract, figurative, or open for interpretation. But because of that, sometimes your art can leave a large part of your potential audience in the dark.


That’s where your artist statement comes in; giving people just enough context can help them better connect with the work you’ve made — and that’s what we’re all aiming for, right?

A great artist statement provides clarity to the reader and gives them a reason to care about your work — so this is one part of the creative process you don’t want to neglect!

Amanda Mollindo and Family

Why Did I Start aftrART?

In 2015, I graduated from art school.


Right after that, I moved to Colorado to intern at an art center. I had a fantastic time there, and I was really lucky to develop a lot of valuable, lasting relationships with artists at every point in their career. I learned a ton about myself, about the art world, and about people.


There, I assisted with weekly classes; I helped students develop their skills and encouraged conceptual thinking. As taxing as a 50 hour work-week was, Anderson Ranch was a place that fostered true inspiration. The landscape of the Rockies became a place for me to explore and think. The Snowmass/Aspen community became my muse, and I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone to create new work.


But  in September of that same year, it was time to go home.